Oh man, it’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these. WELCOME BACK TO CAROLYN’S VERSION OF STARS RECAPS!! Woooo! I know, I know, not as fun as Merrin, but I try to make up for it with even more numbers and slightly more structure!
Which is pretty much the metaphor for our blogging styles in the first place.
Let’s dive right in why don’t we? All numbers are 5v5, score adjusted and from war-on-ice.com unless otherwise noted.
We won!! Yay! We also didn’t collapse in the third period, mostly!! Yay!!
Kari Lehtonen looks like his old self again! Yes, it’s only two games, but he was tracking the puck well, and made several “keep us in the game” kinds of stops. The kind of stops he wasn’t making last year.
- Side Note: Honestly, I’m 100% cool with allowing only 3 goals on the Lightning (assuming we score more). They completely dominated scoring chances and shot attempts (more on this below) and they have so many offensive weapons that 3 goals against is pretty dang good.
Depth scoring again was the name of the game, as we had 5 different skaters scoring on Ben Bishop.
- Side Note: I’ll have whatever Hemsky’s having. Both he and Spezza have 6 points through 4 games. Hip surgery? What hip surgery?
- Side Note 2: Jamie Benn has 5 points in 4 games. I’m really starting to suspect he & Hemsky faked surgery as an excuse to drive around a scooter for a month.
- Side Note 3: We’re already gearing up for another season of “Carolyn is salty about the Calder” as Mattias Brother #1 has 4 points in 4 games. Listen, I know he’s a dark horse, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to hate this award until the end of time at this point.
We scored two goals on the power play, which like, never happened last year! Jamie owes Spezza a beer for just how pretty this pass was.
The Más o Menos
Nothing? Everything about this game was really good or really bad.
I’m gonna start with the chart because it’s the better bad news. For a more in depth recap on how to read the charts, click here. Otherwise, know that blue is good and red is bad. CF% you aim to be over 50%. Last night…uhh, we didn’t get there, landing overall at 33.6% at 5v5.
Holllllllly cow that’s bad. And that’s like, with some semblance of score effects removed (remember, the Bolts were down 4-1 at one point. Usually trailing teams are better about putting shots on net). But who cares, we won!
The really bad part of this game, unfortunately was that both Victor Hedman and Curtis McKenzie were injured. Hedman got the worst of a Jamie Benn hit (a legal one), but his head snapped back and hit the glass pretty hard. McKenzie, on the other hand, was the victim of a really dangerous boarding hit by Nesterov.
- Side Note: We don’t like to embed tweets with injuries in them, so here’s a link to the hit on McKenzie
- Side Note 2: Ruff said in the presser after that McKenzie was in the hospital in “excruciating pain” and that Nesterov should be suspended.
Last Night’s #Razorisms